8 Things To Know About Root Canals
Don’t root canals hurt?
Should I just have my tooth pulled instead?
How bad is it if I don’t get root canal treatment?
For many patients, root canal treatments are largely misunderstood as a painful procedure that they would rather avoid.
We agree that it’s better to take the preventive steps to avoid getting an infected tooth. However, if you do find yourself dealing with an aching tooth, then we recommend making an appointment at Hubbard & Leath Dental as soon as you can. Our dentist office treats patients from Rochester Hills, Troy, and surrounding parts of Michigan.
To help you understand why root canal treatments are nothing to fear, we present eight things you should know about them.
#1. Bacteria Cause Infected Teeth.
Bacteria live in your mouth. Unfortunately, some of them can be harmful to your oral health. Bacteria cause tooth decay and gum disease.
When the bacteria grow, they can form plaque, which can turn into tartar. Over time, bacteria can eat into your teeth or infect your gum tissue. If these aren’t treated, then the bacteria away at the outer layer of your teeth. When then reach interior parts of your teeth (the root canal and pulp chamber), they can cause the pulp to become infected or inflamed.
#2. Poor Oral Hygiene Increases Your Risk Of A Tooth Infection.
This may seem obvious, but we want to explain. Brushing and flossing your teeth are basic steps that everyone can and should take to remove bacteria and plaque from their mouths.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste will remove a lot of bacteria from the surface of your teeth. Flossing daily removes bacteria and plaque from the place that you can’t reach with a toothbrush, namely between your teeth and below your gumline.
If you don’t brush and floss, you are making it easier for harmful bacteria to build inside your mouth.
#3. Cracks Can Open The Door To An Infection.
If you have a crack in a tooth, then bacteria will see that as an opportunity. If bacteria get inside the crack, you won’t be able to remove them by brushing or flossing.
There are steps you can take to repair a cracked tooth, however. If you notice a crack, call our dentist office as soon as you can so we can help.
#4. Infections Hurt Because Your Nerves Are Exposed.
When bacteria has reached the inside of your tooth, the soft pulp isn’t the only thing that’s affects. The root canals are openings where blood vessels and nerves enter your teeth.
The opening in your tooth also allows food and drink particles to reach your nerves. This explains why your teeth can become more sensitive to hot, cold, and sweet things.
#5. Infections Can Lead to Abscesses.
If the infection persists, it can push out of the tooth into the adjacent gum tissue. The abscess is like a small pocket where pus may collect.
Abscesses can be quite painful, and if for some reason you still haven’t been to the dentist to treat it, the pain can spread to your jaw, ear, and neck.
#6. Root Canal Treatments Remove Infections.
When we perform a root canal treatment, it is done to relieve any pain you might be feeling or to prevent you from feeling pain if we catch the infection early.
To do this, we will need to remove the infected pulp along with the nerves and blood vessels in the affected tooth.
#7. Root Canals Treatments Are Intended To Save Teeth.
Dentists want you to keep your teeth whenever we can. Root canal treatments are one way we do this.
After the infected parts of your teeth are removed, we sanitize the inside of your tooth and fill it with a special material. This helps your tooth retain its shape and reduces your risk of a new infection.
#8. Root Canals Treatment Aren’t Painful.
Before we begin the procedure, we administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. If you prefer, we also offer sedation dentistry options. These have an analgesic effect that will prevent you from feeling anything during the procedure.
Don’t Ignore Your Toothache
As a general guideline, remember that something is wrong if your tooth hurts. Expecting the pain to go away on its own is not a good approach to this problem.
Make an appointment with Hubbard & Leath Dental when you have a toothache so we can get you the treatment you need before the pain becomes unbearable. You can call our office at 248.266.2528, or you can fill out our online form to schedule a visit at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.